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Known for Midwestern charm and small town hospitality, Nebraska has great appeal. Set in the quietly beautiful landscape of the Cornhusker State, your Nebraska wedding promises to be picturesque and uniquely yours.
Omaha, named for the Native American tribe, means "against the current," and folks here try to embody the phrase. The largest city in Nebraska, Omaha is rich with culture and attractions, and from Love's Jazz and Art Center to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, you'll find much to explore. Lauritzen Gardens-a 100-acre botanical garden-is filled with themed, seasonal gardens in the middle of the city. It's a popular Nebraska wedding venue, and provides beautiful indoor and outdoor photo-ops. The Sandhills, in north-central Nebraska, are a swath of prairie sand dunes-the largest group of stable sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere. These 19,000 square miles of grass covered dunes are a sight to behold, and home to lakes, marshes, and many birds. Every year in March and April, over 80% of the world's population of sandhill cranes gathers in the Platte River valley. Couples flock here to get married, as well, as the dunes and surrounding landscape create a beautiful Nebraska wedding.
Valentine, a small town with large bovine population, has much more to offer than one might think. The Niobrara River flows quietly through a tree-lined vale and, between Highway 137 and Valentine, has been named a National Scenic River. The Niobrara provides Nebraska with some of its most beautiful landscape, and with plenty of river for rafting and inner tubing. A riverside wedding will be a Nebraska wedding to remember. Smith Falls State Park in Valentine is home to Smith Falls-Nebraska's highest waterfall. The park draws all sorts of outdoorsy types, but there's nothing more romantic than marrying next to a waterfall in a town called Valentine.
Nebraska's climate is pleasant, with hot, humid summers, fairly dry winters, and a great deal of sunshine. The spring and summer often bring thunderstorms, and tornadoes do occur here, as Nebraska is a part of Tornado Alley. As you plan your Nebraska wedding, be sure to watch the weather and plan for any unusual changes. If you'd like an outdoor wedding in any season, plan for a tent or an indoor hideaway in case the weather turns. Either way, celebrate the grandeur of the prairie by decorating your Nebraska wedding with tall grasses in ornate vases, and small pots of grass as centerpieces on each table. Shades of green and complimentary corals are a bright, cheery combination that feels fresh and chic.
The food in Nebraska is hearty, rib-sticking fare. BBQ food is popular here, and ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, and potato salad regularly make their way onto Nebraska tables. Ever heard of a Cheese Frenchee? Nebraska natives know them well, and this cheese sandwich with mayo is fried, for a decadent crunch. Nebraskans are also fond of Reubens, since they were invented here in the Cornhusker State. Runza, a pocket bread stuffed with meat, is also a regional favorite. Naturally, steaks reign supreme in this state where the cow population is bigger than the human population. Planning your Nebraska wedding menu may be difficult with all this delicious regional cuisine, but a Nebraska catering company can help you make tough decisions with ease. With this kind of scrumptious food, you'll need exactly the right music to get your guests away from the table and onto the dance floor. Nebraska has a remarkably lively music scene, and a Nebraska DJ will know how to incorporate local favorites and classic hits to keep your Nebraska wedding rocking into the night.
A wedding in Nebraska is among the least expensive in the country, coming in at an average of $14,388. You can keep costs low by working with local resources and considering the season when you choose your wedding date. Off-season weddings are lovely in Nebraska and will save you money (and a possible wedding day thunderstorm!).
A marriage license in Nebraska costs just $15 in cash! Bring your government issued ID and Social Security number, as well as the names of your parents' full names and birthplaces. Keep in mind that the legal age to get married in Nebraska is 19, but you don't need to be a Nebraska resident and there is no waiting period once your license is issued. Your marriage license is valid for one year.